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Ep. 026: What Format of Hay Should I Feed My Horse and Why Does It Matter?


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

On this episode, co-hosts Dr. Tania Cubitt and Katy Starr chat about: • The minimum, normal and maximum forage intake for horses • Different forage formats - what are pellets, cubes, chopped and long-stem and their purpose • Are there nutritional or digestibility differences between formats? • Do horses need long-stem forage, specifically, for the digestive system to work properly? Have any topics you want to hear more about? Let us know at

Episode Notes

Additional Resources:

  1. “Why Feed Forage Pellets or Cubes?” blog post -
  2. “When Quality Hay Is In Short Supply, What Can I Feed My Horse?” webinar -
  3. “Hay in Short Supply? Horse Forage Alternatives from Standlee Premium Products” – white paper -
  4. “Tips for Feeding Compressed Bales” white paper -
  5. “The Scoop on hay Cubes for Horses” blog post -



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